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Old 05-31-2012, 12:14 AM   #1
 
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Slug

I found what looked to be a slug in my shrimp tank, and although I had my brother get rid of it I figured I should find out what it was.

besides incredibly horrifying D:


Unfortunately, I didnt think to get a picture.


It was definitely a slug, and about 3/4 of an inch long. It had a bunch of brown dots in it and before I found out what it was, I poked it and some of the dots fell out and moved so Im assuming they are creepy baby slug things that Ill have to deal with later. It actually looked like an assassin snail without shell. It was not arrow shaped and when I move it, it curled into a ball.

My tank is a 29 gallon with cherries, pest snails, assassins and Otocinclus.
and apparently slugs.



After googling Planaria, i suppose it looks a bit like them, but i didnt realize they got that big?
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Old 05-31-2012, 10:01 AM   #2
 
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Well further research has lead me to believe it was a leech. Looks like I wont be putting my hand in that tank ever again.




Anyone know how to kill leeches without killing anything else in my tank? :/
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Old 05-31-2012, 10:14 AM   #3
 
GAAAAAAHHHHH!!! Yeah, that's gross.

I thought salt killed leeches. I guess it depends on what else is in your tank and whether or not it can tolerate aquarium salt. I can't really think of anything else.
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Old 05-31-2012, 12:40 PM   #4
 
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I know ;-;


Would salt kill my shrimp though?

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Old 05-31-2012, 12:46 PM   #5
 
I don't know about the shrimp.

You could just stick your arm in there until they attach, pull your arm out and douse them with salt. I'm kidding! That would be gross.
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Old 05-31-2012, 12:51 PM   #6
 
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I don't know about the shrimp.

You could just stick your arm in there until they attach, pull your arm out and douse them with salt. I'm kidding! That would be gross.




To be honest, Im thinking of buying gloves so I can take the whole tank down and start over in another one I have. Im so freaked out by leeches D:


I know salt will kill my plants and snails (not really a bad thing lol)
Ill have to double check on the shrimp though, it would be nice not to lose everything in there :/
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Old 05-31-2012, 12:52 PM   #7
 
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I'd just leave it. Seems like there's nothing in the tank that it will hurt.

I bet it's kind of cool if you looked at it with an open mind.
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Old 05-31-2012, 12:56 PM   #8
 
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To be honest, Im thinking of buying gloves so I can take the whole tank down and start over in another one I have. Im so freaked out by leeches D:
Hmmm... considering that leeches usually live in substrate, you could try a good, aggressive gravel vacuuming to get any remaining ones out. And who knows? Maybe your shrimp will eat them too.
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Old 05-31-2012, 12:56 PM   #9
 
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I'd just leave it. Seems like there's nothing in the tank that it will hurt.

I bet it's kind of cool if you looked at it with an open mind.
I dont know, before I left last night, I saw a shrimp twitching on its side right about where one of the babies fell. I havent been home yet though so I cant confirm if it was molting or something though.


I really wish I could look at it with an open mind but my hand goes in that tank too much to even come close to be ok with it being in there D:
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Old 05-31-2012, 12:57 PM   #10
 
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Hmmm... considering that leeches usually live in substrate, you could try a good, aggressive gravel vacuuming to get any remaining ones out. And who knows? Maybe your shrimp will eat them too.
Possibly, though I think my assassins would have a better chance eating them...

I cant really gravel vac that aggressively though, too many rooted plants and shrimp fry :/
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